Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science Modeling and Complexity - Attendees 2016

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Antonio Sirianni

Cornell University – Ithaca NY USA

Bio: I am a sociology PhD student and member of the Social Dynamics Lab at Cornell University. Prior to graduate school I earned a BS in psychology and worked as a data scientist at an online retailer. My academic interests include network analysis, computational/quantitative methods, social psychology, and sociobiology.

Claudius Gräbner


University of Bremen - Institute of Institutional and Innovation Economics - Bremen Germany

Bio: Claudius Gräbner is a research associate and PhD candidate at the Institute of Institutional and Innovation Economics at the University of Bremen. He holds an undergraduate degree in social sciences, economics and law from the University of Erfurt, Germany. His research interests include computational economics, development economics, game theory and econometrics. One focus is the evolutionary analysis of social institutions and the methodology of social sciences. His recent research on this topic has been published in the Journal of Institutional Economics, Journal of Economic Issues and the Forum for Social Economics.

Dandong Yin


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Bio: Dandong Yin is a research assistant and PhD student at the department of Geography and Geographic Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also affiliated to National Center of Supercomputing Applications in University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He holds two bachelor's degree from Peking University, China: one in Geographic Information Science; and the other in Economics. His general research interests include understanding the mechanism of self-organized complex phenomena and design artificial intelligence algorithm based on self-organized complex systems to solve real-world problems. He has conducted research on using Ant Colony Optimization for recognizing super-object from heavy-noise images. His current research focuses on discovering significant spatial signature and shapes from social media data.


Julia Eberlen


Center for Social and Cultural Psychology, Université Libre de Bruxelles - Bruxelles Belgium

Bio: I am a PhD student in the Center for Social and Cultural Psychology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, where I also completed my Master's degree in neuropsychology. My research interests are stereotypes, (social) learning and networks. Prior to my involvement in academics I worked as a nurse.

Luis Alberto Sanchez Zacateco


Instituto Politecnico Nacional - Puebla Mexico

Bio: I am an Economics PhD student at Instituto Politécnico Nacional, México. My research interest are financial economics, systemic risk and Evolutionary algorithms for finance.

Martin Smyth


Stony Brook University - Stony Brook NY USA

Bio: I'm a doctoral student in the Department of Technology & Society at Stony Brook University. My research interests are oriented toward macro-scale phenomena involving information propagation, coercion and technologies of violence. I'm excited to attend the 2016 GWCSS to learn how I can apply computational modeling best practices to the work I'm pursuing.

Merritt Hughes

University of Massachusetts, Boston - Boston MA USA / Paris France

As a doctoral candidate, my research focuses on climate change policy: carbon pricing in a complex adaptive system. My thesis develops and analyses a potential modification to the California Cap and Trade program as it is applied to the wholesale electricity sector. The methodology for this project is counterfactual simulation using agent based modeling. I was drawn to this methodology because I could put to use both my economic modeling experience and my seemingly unrelated storytelling through narrative animation (interactive cartoons).

Robert Moulder

University of Virginia - Charlottesville VA USA

Bio: I am a graduate student in Quantitative Psychology at The University of Virginia. I study dynamical systems modeling, dyadic data analysis methods, interactions between individuals, and bifurcation analysis. In my free time I create CGI models for video games and 3-d printing.

Tom Briggs


George Mason University - Fairfax VA USA

Bio: Tom Briggs is a Ph.D. student in Computational Social Science at George Mason University. When not studying, he works as a Research Psychologist at the U.S. Department of Defense, where he conducts research to increase program and organization performance. His current research interests include applying computational social science to the study of leadership, performance, and, more broadly, to the psychological theories and principles underlying human behavior in the workplace.

Xiaolin Zhuo


Harvard University - Cambridge, MA USA

Bio: Xiaolin Zhuo is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology and a graduate fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. She holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Mathematics from the University of Toronto. Her research interests include social networks, technology, inequality, and computational sociology.